Vernon, NJ (February 03, 2004) – On Saturday night at Mountain Creek, Irishrockers Rubyhorse will perform at 6pm for the opening ceremonies of theChevrolet US Snowboard Grand Prix. This is the final stop of the three-partseries, which returns to the East Coast for the first time since 2001.Spectators can expect to see the same Olympians and top pros that haverecently graced the X-Games, like Ross Powers, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter,Andy Finch and Luke Mitrani in a Superpipe showdown under 100,000 watts oflight.
Mountain Creek spent the fall rebuilding their snowboard Superpipe toOlympic specs in order to host this event which will be televised nationallyon NBC, and worked with Hubble Sports Lighting and Sussex Rural Electric toengineer and install a unique permanent television-grade lighting packagethat turns night into day.
Vernon began to welcome athletes and crews earlier this week, and many ofthe pro riders will stay in town through the Specialty Sports Pro/Am overPresident’s weekend for additional events following the Grand Prix. Thesewill include a Ross Powers camp for intermediate snowboarders looking toimprove their freeriding, terrain park or pipe skills, as well as awomen-only introductory snowboarding program called OP Girls Learn To Rideon Sunday, February 15th.
All this exciting action kicks off at Mountain Creek with the Grand Prixqualifying heats on Friday and the main event on Saturday night. Gates openat 4:30pm Saturday with a $10 entry fee at the gate, and the concert beginsat 6 pm.
Opening act ‘Rubyhorse’ was part of Mountain Creek’s New Music Sessions freeconcert series last year. The New Music Sessions bring up and comingartists to the resort’s snow stage throughout the winter. Last year asRubyhorse traveled from New Hampshire to the gig at Mountain Creek, theirvan broke down but that didn’t stop the show, they went on with equipmentborrowed from local fans and braved arctic temperatures to deliver apowerful performance and an enormous measure of respect.
The members of Rubyhorse have been playing together since they were 13 yearsold, and scored a Top 40 hit last year with “Sparkle” off their album Riseon Island/Def Jam. Their tunes have been featured on film and televisionsoundtracks and they provided some of the music for the 2002 WinterOlympics. They’ve appeared on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, and arecurrently touring to support their new album Goodbye To All That.